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Iowa City Book Festival to celebrate international connections

The ninth Iowa City Book Festival schedule will feature a variety of authors from around the country and around the globe as we celebrate books and writing through a number of strong partnerships with community groups. The festival, produced by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, will be held Oct. 8-15, 2017. The […]

Alexander Chee named 2017 Paul Engle Prize winner

Alexander Chee has been named the sixth recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in […]

Collaboration brings Little Free Libraries to local community

Through a collaboration between local parents, Alexander Elementary School, Iowa City West High School, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, the Community Foundation of Johnson County, and several other organizations, twenty-five Little Free Libraries have been placed in the greater Iowa City community. The parent teacher organization at Alexander Elementary School came up […]

Glory of the Senses essay contest winners announced

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization has completed judging for this year’s Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, and will award scholarships to six high school students from across Iowa. The winning essay was “A Walk in the Woods,” by Lydia Hecker, a student at Iowa City High School in […]

Iowa City to host 2018 meeting of UNESCO Cities of Literature

Iowa City has been selected as the host for the 2018 annual meeting of the UNESCO Cities of Literature. Iowa City was designated as the third City of Literature in the world in 2008. The meeting will be part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the designation. Each year, representatives of member cities […]